ActiveSync for the iPhone? Keep in Mind it is Exchange ActiveSync, Not Desktop

Apple announced that they licensed ActiveSync from Microsoft to let the iPhone directly sync with Microsoft Exchange. I could make some snide remarks about ActiveSync here (all well deserved). But, the thing to remember is this: They are NOT talking about syncing an iPhone to a PC using ActiveSync. This is purely an over-the-air sync directly to the Exchange Server. I hope the iPhone experience with Exchange Server is a good one. Nothing is worse than the desktop ActiveSync/WDMC experience that has been emotionally maiming Windows Mobile users for years.

Here’s an interview with Microsoft’s corporate VP for Exchange to provide the details on this Microsoft-Apple licensing.

Q&A: Microsoft Helps Connect Apple iPhone Users to Microsoft’s Exchange Server